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Music Valley - La haute vallée de l'Allier, Auvergne, France Auvergne - France:

The high valley of the Allier.
between Brioude and Langeac.

Exhibitions and events 2012

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Like the concerts, the exhibitions in Haut Allier are friendly convivial events. No world-class painters or sculptors, no internationally famous names, but plenty of works by talented artists, sculptors and photographers from the Auvergne and from other parts of France.
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Programme of events 2012:
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Art Exhibitions

Saint Ilpize -  Chapelle in the castle
  • 16th - 29th July
    Exhibition Souad El Mouyassar Berlin - artiste peintre
Saint Ilpize   Maison des artisans - next to the castle 
  • 28th July - 2nd August
    Exhibition "Au fil du corps et de la nature" - Enola Charmille and Sarah Gaultier, with Watercolours by Jean Loup Liertart
Brioude -  la Maison de Mandrin, 
  • Exhibitions Summer  2012
    17th July - 5th August -
      Michel Vibert: Pen and ink drawings
    7th - 26th August - Jean-Pierre Rault -Watercolours
Brioude - In la Mirandole tearoom, beside the St. Julien basilica. 
  • 10th July - 8th September
    Exhibition  Michel Léger  - Watercolours
    Open daily 10 a.m. - midday and 2.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Closed Sundays + 15th and 27th August
Lavaudieu - Maison des Arts et Traditions Populaires
  • 1st - 29th July
    Exhibition  Thierry Ballay, paintings  "Un regard singulier sur les plantes"
  • 1st - 26th August
    Exhibition "Lumières et regard" - Jacques Demichel, paintings; Christiane Ravaux, sculptures 
  • 27th August - 30th September
    Exhibition  "Artiformes" - Bernard Orival, paintings
Au Château de Paulhac

Monuments and  events

a)  Val d'Allier area

* Aquarium  - L'Allier, France's greatest salmon river.
* Maison de la Dentelle, lacemaking museum

Saint Ilpize:  château  médiéval
Open daily; guided visits Thursdays & Fridays in summer, 5.30 p.m. Some visits with English-speaking guide.

Abbaye, Maison des oiseaux. Onrnithological centre.

b) Secteurs Allagnon et Senouire


Hilltop village with dramatic views. Ancient terraces being renovated, impressive castle (no visits)

Romanesque church & cloisters - the finest cloisters in Auvergne, fine mediaeval murals.
Musée populaire. Folk museum. Open daily.

Advanced information.
Next Year 2013:
6th Brioude Biennale watercolour festival    
July 2013

Musicians: click here for information on performing in Music Valley
Musical holidays in France: Music valley is not tour-operator country. This is an area where you need to book your own holiday, directly with a hotel, a gite or a b&b. Click here for ideas on places to stay. Or, out of season, just turn up and enquire at one of the Tourist Information Offices.